GamCare - Rocket Science

Evaluating the Gambling Related Financial Harm project

Across 2022/23, 60% of callers to the National Gambling Helpline disclosed some level of gambling related debt, and 76% of those callers reported financial difficulties. In 2019 GamCare established the Gambling Related Financial Harm (GRFH) project to bring together key sectors to raise awareness of this issue. The project set out to develop initiatives and resources to help organisations identify those who are experiencing financial harm and ensure they are supported.  

In 2023 GamCare commissioned Rocket Science to assess the project and its impact since its launch and our impact evaluation report has now been published highlighting the importance of cross-sector work to address the financial harm and debt that gambling often causes.

Key findings in the report include that the project:

  • Creates a unique networking space for an open discussion about gambling related financial harms.
  • Facilitates shared learning and knowledge by raising awareness about those financial harms.
  • Supports organisations, by helping them to embed the experience of those affected by gambling harms, within their policies.
  • Enables real world change, including the development of referral pathways between organisations that come into contact with those experiencing gambling harms.

You can read and download the full report here.